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Father, who left toddler in car for 7 hours, charged with murder

COBB COUNTY, GA (WFLX) - According to a medical examiner, a Georgia toddler, left in his father's hot SUV last week, died of hyperthermia. That's when a person's temperature rises and remains above the normal 98.6 degrees.

Cooper Harris died June 18 after being left in his car seat for seven hours. His father, 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris, told police he had forgotten to take the child to day care but investigators say he stopped for breakfast with the child and returned to the SUV during his lunch break.    

Neighbors who originally came to Harris' defense are now having second thoughts. "It kinda changes your view on things if in fact that's the truth," says neighbor Cathy Ferguson.  

Authorities charged Harris with murder and second-degree child cruelty. He has pleaded not guilty.

Harris is in jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court July 3.

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